Shortly after graduating from the Ontario College of Art in 1980, I began using digital technology to create generative art.
As the technology became more sophisticated, I found that it was possible to restate my traditional art training, reframing and extending it into a new media context.
The luminous, abstract, alien worlds that unfolded on the computer screen were an endless source of fascination. These were new worlds that had never before been seen by the eyes of man.
With the advent of flat screen, high definition television it became possible to present the works in their native format at an acceptable size rather than having to reformat them as digital prints, a process that dampens the luminous vitality of their original environment.
My work is inspired by classical or jazz music. My compositions develop a complex, energetic theme with an improvisational process. At the same time, I look for ways to make the image hang together — which I find to be a very challenging exercise. Whenever the image satisfies those two crucial constraints, I save it to disk and then keep working the image until I get a stream of variations on the original theme.
To fully appreciate the work, the viewer is encouraged to set up a slideshow of the images on their HD television with at least one and one half minutes duration for each image. Setup a playlist of favourite music. Either classical music or jazz seem to work equally well. Sit back, relax and enjoy.